On the official opening day of the 58th "Biennale di Venezia", Liechtenstein will be present in Venice with the well-established Liechtenstein Brunch and a high-level Symposium.


Digitalization increasingly encroaches on reality and has a more profound impact on art spaces. Whatever the outcome of the current debate between the defenders of the analogue and the apologists of the digital, the fact remains: machines and algorithms are not only taking over the distribution of images and objects, but increasingly their very form. The old games of object and space, artwork and viewer, presence and absence in the exhibition space – even the very act of seeing – are now faced with new challenges.

Some claim that nothing truly special or extraordinary is happening, and that this is the (almost) expected continuation of the various ways in which humanity previously progressed. But these voices are in growing discord with how the majority now feels: the scope, depth and speed of current transformations produce the sense of witnessing a decisive turning point. The reactions vary from enthusiasm to depression, from panic to paralysis; such polarization is (once again) being particularly visible in the art world.

What does digitalization mean for the work of artists and curators? How does it affect the exhibition space, the form of exhibits and performativity of the audience?

If digitized, algorithmic thinking is based upon establishing averages, pursuing the goals of optimization and efficiency – but what does that mean for art? What happens to art thinking, to artistic ability to convey and distribute different forms of knowledge? Will the emergence of computing-driven real-time culture leave any room for criticism and reflection? How can we counter the technological regimes of the digital with a practice that is productive? What new understanding of the museum as a place of active reflection and participation do we need – if any – to address these transformations?

Please join us for a brunch on Saturday, May 11, the opening day of the Venice Biennale! International experts from the world of art and theory will discuss these and other pressing questions in a series of dialogues and a performance by Martina Morger and Wassili Widmer at Museo Correr, San Marco, Venice.




Welcoming Remarks

12.15 pm
Janine Köpfli, Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein
Friedemann Malsch, Director, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein

Digital Natives | Martina Morger and Wassili Widmer

Art in Times of Algorithmic Governance
Lev Manovich and Ben Vickers in conversation Host: Sabine Himmelsbach

The Incomputable Space – Another Future for the Museum
A trialogue between Geert Lovink, Antonia Majaca and Vladimir Jerić Vlidi

Coffee Break

Code and Gaze: Visuality in the Digital Agora

3.30 pm
Remarks by Sybille Krämer and Bernard Stiegler Questions by Georg Schöllhammer

Final Intervention
4.30 pm
Antoinette Rouvroy

Closing Remarks and Farewell

'Liechtenstein Pavilion' by visarte.liechtenstein


Museo Correr, San Marco, 30124 Venice
Entrance: St. Mark's Square, Napoleonic Wing, Monumental Staircase

Please RSVP, seating is limited

Commissioned by
Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein

Project Management
Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein

Curated by
Georg Schöllhammer

In collaboration with
visarte.liechtenstein | www.visarte.li

Supported by
Kulturstiftung Liechtenstein

Special thanks to
Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia

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